Nickel City Splash Masters Swim Team

News! (including upcoming changes to practice schedule):

  • Please see the Google calendar above for the practice schedule for Thanksgiving week.
  • Nickel City Splash is excited to offer an Intro to Masters Water Polo (no experience necessary) on Sundays 6:30-7:30 PM. Drop-in fee is $10, and the first visit is free for Nickel City Splash Members. Come check it out! See Coach Ted for more information, or e-mail for more information or to reserve your spot (space is limited). Here is the schedule:
November December
11/4 12/2
11/18 12/9
11/25 12/16
~ 12/30
  • Nickel City hosted a session to get our members certified to teach adult learn to swim through masters swimming. Our long term goal is to teach adults in our community how to be water safe. The only prerequisite is to be USMS Certified with Nickel City Splash. Check out this website for more information: or this website. Training took place on November 3rd.

Team social update

  • Saturday Morning Coffee Social scheduled for November 24.

Membership and activities

Nickel City Splash is a masters swim team

We are sanctioned by United States Masters Swimming (USMS) and affiliated with the Women's Varsity Swim Team at the University at Buffalo. We provide coached workouts at UB's Alumni Pool, and we enter Alumni Arena through the back door (on the side of the building which faces the stadium).

Normal practice schedule

  • Tuesday and Thursday morning from 6:00 am to 7:15 am
  • Wednesday and Friday 12-1
  • Saturday from 6:30 am to 8:00 am

Be sure to check your e-mail and this page for updates and cancellations!

How you can join

  • Show up for practice (map) and ask the coach for a two-week trial. The coach will ask you about your swimming background and level and suggest a lane for you to try out. Your lanemates will be very helpful in providing additional information.
  • Join by filling out the team registration form and paying your dues either by check made payable to the UB Foundation (which saves the team money) or online (see below for amounts).
  • Independent Health Members can use their Health Extras Card. Our registration site is ready to accept Health Plus cards. Please follow the instructions to register online and use the card as you would a normal credit card.
  • Join USMS — this is mandatory for all participants
  • Join the team Facebook group and subscribe to the team listserv by sending an e-mail to with the following message, substituting your actual name for "First Name Last Name," obviously:

sub rai-nickelcity-list First Name Last Name

The e-mail account from which you send the above message will be the one which receives listserv messages from the team. If you have difficulty getting subscribed, or want to quit the list or change your e-mail address, please send e-mail to the web tyrant.

2018-2019 Team Fee

Annual membership: $425 for 3-5 workouts/week or $315 for 1-2 workouts/week
Single-term membership: $225 for 3-5 workouts/week or $185 for 1-2 workouts/week
Daily drop-in fee (cash on deck only) $10

Annual memberships are always due on or before October 1st. Single Term Fees are due October 1, February 1, and June 1.

Pay your dues either by check made payable to the UB Foundation or online

In conjunction with dues, you must keep your USMS membership up to date. 2019 USMS registration is available November 1.

When you register with USMS please be sure to register in the Niagara LMSC and under the team NICK - Nickel City Splash.

Swimmers who join the team mid-season will have their first dues payment pro-rated until the next annual or seasonal due date.

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